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Naughty or Nice: It’s time to be merry and to tally up who’s naughty or nice. This month, we wish for the all-time classic ‘peace on earth & goodwill to men’. But is this too much to ask for? We examine the corporate conscience whilst Quek from Greenpeace says Shenhua Energy can do more in response to water grab allegations. Shopping for gifts is unavoidable at this time of year but with heavy metals dumped into China’s lakes from manufacturing, should we think twice before buying more electronic gadgets? Ditto for fashion. We check out the sinners and winners and talk to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s about Nike's Materials Sustainability Index and Birla Cellulose on water friendly dyeing techniques. With movement in water tariffs & pollution enforcement across ministries from Public Security to Finance, it looks like corporate leadership better be good next year! If you have been good, awards and grants are up for grabs...read on. Be good … Happy holidays!
   
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Naughty or Nice: It’s time to be merry and to tally up who’s naughty or nice. This month, we wish for the all-time classic ‘peace on earth & goodwill to men’. But is this too much to ask for? A recent Coutts survey showed that in 2012, HK & China were rather charitable with large gifts, giving US$877mn & US$1.2bn respectively in donations above US$1mn. Here’s the catch: zero dollars of grants of this size (corporate or otherwise), were given to the environment. Are we doing enough? We examine the corporate conscience whilst Quek from Greenpeace says Shenhua Energy can do more in response to water grab allegations.

Shopping for gifts is unavoidable at this time of year but with heavy metals dumped into China’s lakes from manufacturing, should we think twice before buying more electronic gadgets? Ditto for fashion. Check out the sinners and winners below. What’s ‘nice’ is Nike’s Materials Sustainability Index incorporated into the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s (SAC) Higg Index. Now there is no excuse for brands not chose the right materials in making our clothes. SAC’s Sousa & Young walks us through the process. As pollution focus turns to dye houses, to dye or not to dye becomes the question and Birla Cellulose talks us through dyeing techniques that are water friendly.

With movement in water tariffs and pollution enforcement across ministries from Public Security to Finance (see ‘Tapping In’ column), it looks like corporate leadership better be good next year!

If you have been good, don’t forget to apply for the UNDP backed 2014 Deloitte China Sustainability Awards with an added theme of water stewardship and if you want to do good/have been doing good, check out Royal Bank of Canada’s community action & leadership grants under the RBC Blue Water Project. Deadlines are looming so apply now!

So are we doing enough? We could always do more. Be good … Happy holidays!

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Corporate Conscience: Beyond Charity
Why are so few businesses effectively mitigating water risk? Is it time to move water beyond charity and compliance?
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Water Grab: Shenhua Responds
Shenhua's response to water grab allegations is a good start but Greenpeace's Quek says questions still remain
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Technology at a Price
With heavy metals dumped into China's 3rd largest freshwater lake, should we think twice before upgrading our electronic gadgets?
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Fashion Update! Brand Winners & Sinners
With the new Phase III Textiles Investigative Report released by 7 China NGOs, we look at who has managed to stay on top since April 2012
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Materials Sustainability in the Higg Index
SAC's Sousa & Young on the inclusion of Nike's Materials Sustainability Index in the Higg Index & its implications for water
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To Dye or Not to Dye
Textile dyeing can be water intensive & polluting. Birla Cellulose's Selam & Hada on how their SpunDyed VSF process can mitigate these
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Happy Holidays! Feel Good ...
Nominate a MNC water steward for the UNDP backed 2014 Deloitte China Sustainability Awards or apply for RBC Blue Water Project's community action & leadership grants
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Government: Reports: Interest:
  • China: >2,000 deaths & RMB200bn of direct economic losses every year since 1990's caused by extreme weather
  • SAC to launch Higg Index 2.0
  • China Cotton Assoc:cotton output to drop 540k tonnes in 2013
  • IPO terminated for Jinchuan Group due to 11 recorded violations in IPE’s database
  • Changsha:Environmental evaluations to be part of loan & IPO approval processes
  • Ningxia: Environmental performance given more weight in promotion of cadres
  • Jilin:RMB60.75mn lawsuit against PetroChina for illegal dumping of wastewater
  • Hubei: 23 co's face limited loans & suspended new projects approvals for pollution violations
  • Sichuan: Water pricing for agriculture to be revised
  • Hebei: Preferential tax rates to co's with water saving projects
  • Beijing: USD240mn in ADB loans to treat additional 600mn tonnes of wastewater
  • Jiangsu: Environmental Protection Industry to be RMB850bn by 2015
  • Ningxia, Liaoning, Shandong &Guangdong:clean-ups for key lakes & rivers amounting to RMB9.5bn
  • Li Keqiang hails success of Eastern Route of water diversion project
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